Evergreen Park Woman Accused of Hiding Terrorist Past

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, failed to disclose terrorism conviction by Isareli military court when obtaining U.S. citizenship, according to federal indictment.

Federal agents arrested a woman at her Evergreen Park home early Tuesday morning on allegations that she hid her terrorist background when obtaining U.S. citizenship, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, a naturalized citizen, was charged with immigration fraud after the unsealing of a federal indictment in Detroit. The indictment charges that Odeh unlawfully procured U.S. citizen by lying about her background as a convicted terrorist.

The indictment alleges that Odeh was convicted by an Israeli military court for her role in the 1969 bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem.

U.S. attorneys say that Odeh carried out the acts on behalf of the terrorist organization, the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine or PFLP.

Odeh and others were said to have placed multiple bombs in a supermarket and at the British Consulate. One of the bombs at the supermarket detonated killing two people and injuring others, the indictment said.

The second bomb damaged the Consulate building.

She was convicted in an Israeli military court and sentenced to life imprisonment. Odeh was released ten years later as part of a prisoner exchange and returned to the West Bank. She came to the United States in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in 2004, federal authorities said.

The indictment alleges that Odeh omitted her arrest, conviction and imprisonment on her immigration indictments when applying for U.S. citizenship.

If convicted of the charge, Odeh could be stripped of her U.S. citizenship and faces a 10-year prison term for immigration fraud.

Jasken Park October 22, 2013 at 04:02 PM
She's about the same age as Bill Ayers.
Jim Quinn October 22, 2013 at 04:03 PM
She must have heard they were building a Wal-Mart in Tinley, and you know the crime that follows(sarc)
eric reicher October 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Three peas in a pod. Commie, terrorist and community organiser.
Sevs October 22, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Except you know, she's been here since 1995. People need to stop hijacking comment threads with irrelevant stuff.
Lisa October 22, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Lisa October 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I Googled this woman's name and she is mentioned in the above article that appears to be written in 1984. Took me 10 seconds to find this info. When someone applies for a visa or citizenship, is any vetting or research done by the government?
ME October 22, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Let em all in Obama! the world has gone to the immigrants. Has anyone checked EBama's background?
dcriemersma October 22, 2013 at 06:23 PM
What in the world are u talking about, "me"??? You must be kidding. Pres. Obama has nothing to do with immigrants that came here in 1995. Get your facts right before you open your mouth with fantasy. DC
Judie October 22, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Just deport her. Why should we pay for her time in prison. Move her out of the USA.
J October 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Great, just what we need, more terrorists. Send her back
fred October 22, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Keep it simple. Let the Brits or Isreal deal with her. Deport her.
Will Joseph October 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Hey, MY comment got deleted, too, along with at least a handful of others - and, in my case, just 'cause I connected the dots between Evergreen Park, this Odeh gal and the Unabomber. Geez! What gives, Evergreen Park Pravda - er, Patch?
Dan October 23, 2013 at 09:16 AM
she'll fit right in with all the section 8 in evergreen pk.
Dan October 23, 2013 at 09:17 AM
whats her address again?
Donna J November 05, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Yeah, don't print her address. I know a couple of guys that think it's funny to pay people like her a visit. Not. Just give her to Masad and get her out of here. OMG! They were moving in on us way back then? We Americans can be so dense, sometimes! Yeah, Dorn, Ayers, Obama, and guess what, Folks, there's no place to move out of here and find a nice, deserted island. They're all gone. Ain't my Dad's country, anymore!


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